Posts Tagged ‘writers’

Hiring Writers on Odesk

November 12th, 2010

If you’re looking for a writer to write some articles for you for your website, article directory promotions, or blog posts, a good place to look is Odesk.

Odesk is a good place to find freelance writers at competitive prices, and it can be much less of a hassle than trying to find a writer on Craigslist. Believe me, I’ve tried both ways.

At Odesk, you can see your candidates history through writing samples and from client feedback. These can be very enlightening and can give a glimpse into the work habits and talent of your potential hire.

If you’re looking for a writer to write blog posts or other content for you, it will help you immensely to see some previous work and feedback. This will help you make a more informed decision.

When you set up a job offer, you will get a bunch of potential candidates who will tell you why they should get the gig and will also “bid” on the job, effectively telling you how much their services will cost.

It takes some time to weed out the unqualified writers from the ones that will do good work.  That comes with the territory when you’re looking for a freelance content writer.  It’s a good idea to start with a small job before moving onto a larger project.  You want to know you can count on the writer.

ODesk.com
is a very good place to find writers. I recommend the service and have had a very good experience with the site.

Make Money Writing for Xomba

October 23rd, 2009

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Xomba is billed as “A social network geared toward people who like to write” and is a great place to make money online for creating written content.  It is an Adsense sharing site, which means that you split Adsense advertising revenue 50/50 with the site.  It’s owned by Internet entrepreneur and writer Nick Veneris and run by a very competent and passionate team based in Florida.

It’s a good place to write and earn.  Xombytes are posts a minimum of 150 words and can be about, well, anything you want them to be.  You can write about music, politics, the new camera you want to buy, or celebrities and movies.  Celeb and movie subjects do really well on this site, so if that’s the kind of thing you write about, mount up.

You can also include a link back to your site in your post, so it can be a helpful way to promote yourself and gain exposure for your content while making money in the process.

Xomblurbs are more like a social bookmarking type of thing, in that they have to include a link to a website or article and only have to be 50 words long.  

So why Xomba?

  • Get more exposure for yourself and your writing by writing for an established site that already gets substantial traffic.
  • Connect with other writers (if you want to)
  • Earn money from advertisements displayed 
  • Dedicated staff and owner who really care about the site and the writers

Sign up for Xomba.com.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Meet Abmox, Xomba’s official mascot. Cute, ain’t he?
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Where to Find Internet Writers for Your Blog or Online Business

August 30th, 2008

I wanted to share with everyone my experiences with hiring writers. I write the bulk of my own material, because I’m a writer and I enjoy it. But there are a lot of people out there who do not like to write at all. There are many people, in fact, who hate writing.

But if you have an online business or a website, searchable written content is necessary.  Words are the lifeblood of internet commerce.

Well, there’s good news for you. There are a lot of people willing and eager to write for you. They’re just waiting for you to drop them an email telling them what you need.

Well, that sounds a little easier than it actually is.

You’re probably wondering how you know who is a legitimate writer and how you can make sure you don’t get ripped off or get duplicate content.

I have tried to find writers in three places: freelanceswitch.com, Digital Point Forum, and Craigslist.

First point of advice. Don’t use Craigslist. It’s a hassle. There’s too much to sift through if you put a post there and hope for a good writer to respond. CL may not be a bad website, but there are better places to go to find internet copywriters and content writers.

Digital Point Forum is one of these places. You can find people who charge fair rates and do good work. But you don’t have to take their word for it. Everyone who participates on the site, by either writing content or paying for content, gets rated on a system called iTrader.

You can read reviews of writers from the people who have worked with them. Needless to say, you notice patterns. Furthermore, Digital Point is very strict and kicks out spammers and other dubious people very efficiently. I have had great success working with several writers I found on this site.

FreelanceSwitch is a website all about the freelance lifestyle. It is a resource for professional freelance writers, web designers, graphic designers, and copywriters. There is a job board at the site where you can post a job notice. You don’t have to pay for this, you just have to sign up for an account, which is very simple.

The writers looking for jobs pay $7 a month to have access to the job board, so there is a reverse situation here than on Craigslist. These writers are serious enough about finding freelance writing jobs that they pay for the opportunity to find them. This means you may be able to find higher-quality or more professional writers.

Beware, if you put up a post on this job board you will get some resumes sent to you. This was a new thing for me when I started. People from FreelanceSwitch may expect higher rates of pay than writers on Digital Point, but this isn’t always the case.

Another place to look is Elance, where writers, programmers, and graphic artists set up accounts and bid on projects.  I have very little experience with this website, but I plan to explore it a little more and work with a few writers from the site.  I have heard good things about this community, which also has ratings and ranking systems for its members.  I’ll let you know about my experience with this site.

I hope this helps those of you looking for good quality written content for your websites, blogs, or online business.